Ritchie Valens was only 17 when he recorded his classic version of LA BAMBA, backed by his self-penned DONNA. The result was a double-sided smash that is the foundation of the Valens legend. His overnight success was cut short by that fatal single- engine plane crash that claimed his life along with Buddy Holly and theBig Bopper. His other notable songs include COME ON LET'S GO, THAT'S MY LITTLE SUSIE, LITTLE GIRL and OOH MY HEAD.